As technology advances ever further into our lives, the amount of data available for both private and public use is staggering. For those with access, individual, group, and even ecosystem needs, wants, and actions can be identified and managed. Metadata from smartphones, credit cards, sensors, and infrastructure can be used to assess conditions and offer solutions to public challenges and goals. Smart cities can use technology to address transportation, safety, energy and sustainability, public administration, and quality of life. The Research Bureau is hosting a panel of experts to explore the opportunities that smart cities offer and the steps necessary for Worcester and the region to position itself to best take advantage of those opportunities.
- Nigel Jacob, City of Boston Office of New Urban Mechanics
- John Spring, National Grid
- Dan O’Brien, Northeastern University & Boston Area Research Initiative
- Laurie Leshin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute